In 2012, Aryeh Neier, President of OSF stepped down and Chris Stone was appointed as President of OSF, ushering in a period of accelerated strategic and operational changes in the OSF network, both globally and at OSF-SA. In August 2012, police opened fire on striking workers at Lonmin plc in Marikana, Rustenburg, killing at least 34 people, with 78 workers injured, and over 200 people being arrested.

The Marikana Massacre, as it became known, was a watershed moment In South Africa’s new democratic history, and one of the deadliest attacks on striking workers since 1994. In October, the government set up a judicial commission of inquiry (the Farlam Commission) to investigate the role and complicity of several high-ranking police officials and ministers, including Lonmin plc Board Member, Cyril Ramaphosa, and the police commissioner. The Report into the killings was released two years later.

In South Africa, in January 2012, Julius Malema was stripped of his position in the ANC and expelled, leading to the formation of his own political party, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) a year later.

In late 2012, the Executive Director of OSF-SA stepped down after serving for 14 years.

2012 grants: 81